Contrary to what is being peddled across social and mainstream media, the return to a strongman rule will not likely happen but on the contrary, the yellow brand of selective justice will finally be put to rest.
During his term as senator, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos made known to the Aquino administration his stand against then persecution of political enemies in the guise of an anti-corruption crusade that competes with the focus on development thrusts.
“If somebody does a crime, let them answer for it, but that should not be the main function of the government,” Marcos said.
“You investigate and imprison people but you achieve nothing. I don’t hear the term nation-building anymore. In my father’s term that’s all I hear. Let’s go back to that,” he added.
The late President Aquino made the campaign against corruption the centerpiece of his administration which according to Marcos has diverted Aquino from solving much more pressing issues such as the country’s economic problems.
“What do we do now with fake rice, self-sufficiency, and power problems in Mindanao? None of these questions are being talked about right now, and all we talk about is politics,” said Marcos then. “We talk about seven percent gross domestic product increase. That’s great, but nobody notices it. “
Marcos noted that the key to a shared goal for development is for the leadership to act as a binding force for Filipinos.
The senator described the Liberal Party (LP)-led administration then as having perpetuated a culture of “us and them” in government.
Quoting his father, Marcos argued that politics is “a game of addition”.
Marcos promised a “unifying leadership” that would revive national pride that he feels has waned since the past administrations.
On the unending onslaught of propaganda against him and his family, Marcos said the court should be left to decide on pending cases.
“It was propaganda that the powers that be at the time felt were necessary. They have taken us to court and it’s done,” he said.
Marcos added that severe underspending during the Aquino administration, had set back the growth momentum.
“The budget plan was not followed by the administration. We should learn why there has been such a slow pace in the development of different sectors of the economy,” he said.
After President Rodrigo Duterte took over, most of the points raised by Marcos against the Aquino administration, particularly on partisan application of the law and the gross misuse of the budget were addressed.
The direction now should be to make sure that the gross incompetence of the past does not again impede the momentum of progress.